Foolish Games

Korean’s don’t play games with Black people

There’s no time to humor the We are Doomed crowd. There’s no time to feel bad about 2012 America: we are born into this age, and we must merely survive this age.

The embarrassingly Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) publication The Nation ran a feature piece a little more than three years ago that discussed actions by residents of a “white enclave” took in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In the absence of law and order, neighbors banded together to protect their right to life.

Their right to exist.

It has long been this story that brings a smile to my face. Hurricane Katrina revealed the fragile state of the Black-Run America (BRA) experiment; the reality of Black people, stripped bare, exposed for all to see during those late August- early September 2005 days in New Orleans… BRA was rejected.

Few dare shine a light on the reality of Detroit, an example of Actual Black Run America (ABRA). After 40 years of Black-rule, 82 percent Black Detroit is now the lawless world so many consumers actively import themselves to through playing violent video games.

The white residents of the economically flourishing suburbs of Detroit decided to rebuild their lives instead of coexisting with Black people after the 1967 Black riots (actually, it was an open act of war).

Once again, these refugees from the Battle of Detroit were able to rebuild and regroup in the Whitopia’s, while The Motor City came to resemble the Pride Lands (from The Lion Kion) after the villainous Scar betrayed his race and allowed the hyena’s alongside the lions, upsetting the delicate balance – ecosystem – that the lions maintained. 

Life is balance. Detroit – much like the ruined Pride Lands during Scar’s reign – has tipped into an orgy of Black violence (strange, since Mayor Coleman Young instituted massive affirmative action into the police force because he thought a majority Black force could better engage in the Black community and earn their trust) which is now greeted with vigilante violence.

All the while, white people “exist” in the peaceful suburbs of the dark, depressing outcome of ABRA in Detroit. 

But it is in the city of Dallas where we see the desire to “exist” on display. All people have the right to exist autonomous from the maddening rush to coexist – which, as we learned in The Lion King, only leads to ruination – and Black people in Dallas have picked the wrong people to screw around with:

Korea’s consul-general in Houston is now in Dallas, Texas, to try and quell rising anti-Korean sentiment there after a dispute between different ethnic groups began spiraling out of control.

This comes as leaders of the African-American community in southern Dallas called for a boycott of Asian-owned businesses as a protest against what they call “racist business-owners.”

Tensions have been mounting since early this month, when a Korean owner of a gas station and an African-American customer got into a verbal altercation, in which racial slurs were reportedly made.

The Korean government has been advising the Korean community there to remain calm and not stoke the fire.

Dallas has the largest Korean-American community in the state of Texas with about 1,000 businesses there owned by Koreans.

During the LA Riots of 1992, it was Korean business owners who stood their ground while the world of law and order came crashing down around them, courtesy of Black America:

The Korean-American community in Los Angeles refers to the event as “Sa-Yi-Gu” (literally “4-29”, in reference to the 29th of April, the first day the riots broke out). The riots prompted various responses from the Korean-American community, including the formation of activist organizations such as the Association of Korean-American Victims, and increased efforts to build collaborative links with other ethnic groups.[73]

During the riots, many Koreans from throughout the area rushed to Koreatown, after Korean-language radio stations called for volunteers to guard against rioters. Many were armed, with a variety of improvised weapons, shotguns, and semi-automatic rifles.[74]

According to Edward Park, the 1992 violence stimulated a new wave of political activism among Korean Americans, but it also split them into two main camps. The liberals sought to unite with other minorities in Los Angeles to fight against racial oppression and scapegoating. The conservatives emphasized law and order and generally favored the economic and social policies of the Republican Party. The conservatives tended to emphasize the political differences between Koreans and other minorities, specifically blacks and Hispanics.[75][76]

One of the most iconic and controversial television images of the violence was a scene of two Korean merchants firing pistols repeatedly at roving looters. The New York Times said, “that the image seemed to speak of race war, and of vigilantes taking the law into their own hands.”[77] “I want to make it clear that we didn’t open fire first,” said David Joo, manager of the gun shop. “At that time, four police cars were there. Somebody started to shoot at us. The L.A.P.D. ran away in half a second. I never saw such a fast escape. I was pretty disappointed.”[77]

Defending the armed response of the Koreans, Mr. Rhyu said, “If it was your own business and your own property, would you be willing to trust it to someone else? We are glad the National Guard is here. They’re good backup. But when our shops were burning we called the police every five minutes; no response.”[77]

Jay Rhee estimated that he and others fired 500 shots into the ground and air. “We have lost our faith in the police,” he said. “Where were you when we needed you?” One of the largest armed camps in Koreatown was at the California Market. On the first night after the verdicts were returned in the trial of the four officers charged in the beating of Rodney King, Richard Rhee, the market owner, posted himself in the parking lot with about 20 armed employees.

The Koreans are not deracinated. Loyal to their people – understanding this is the only way to “exist” in a world that places far greater material wealth on those who would welcome hyena’s into their Pride Land to “coexist” – they refuse to pay fealty to BRA in Dallas.

Opening stores in primarily Black areas – because Black people have the strange innate inability to engage in capitalistic endeavors (hence the folly of “buying Black” campaigns) – these Korean entrepreneurs daily take their lives into their own hands. For a pack of gum, the monetary contents of a register, and a six-pack of beer, your -increasingly – average Black male would gladly deprive them of it:

Marcus Phillips was 26 and fresh out of prison for several robberies when he committed his final crime.

One morning just before dawn, Phillips grabbed the cash register at a South Dallas gas station. The clerk picked up a shotgun and ordered Phillips down.

Phillips ran from the store and across the parking lot, the cash register under his arm, the clerk not far behind. There was a struggle, more running, then another struggle. Then came a warning shot and a final, fatal blast.

Most of those now protesting the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Boulevard never knew Phillips or even his name. But his death in 2010 has become a symbol in their fight to shut the station down. The dispute revolves around issues of race: Phillips was black, and the clerk—and the store’s owner—are of Korean descent.

The protests are held six days a week and are organized by top leaders of the local NAACP and the Nation of Islam, among other groups. Their complaints: That the Kwik Stop, owned by a Korean immigrant, charges unreasonable prices and disrespects black customers.

The owner, Thomas Pak, says he never intended to disrespect anyone.

“I pay my taxes. I work hard to feed my family. That’s the bottom line,” said Pak, 40. “I don’t have a complex about race. I’m not a racist. I’m just trying to follow the American dream.”

The legacy of conflict between Asian-American merchants and customers in depressed African-American neighborhoods dates to well before its depiction in Hollywood films such as Menace II Society and Do the Right Thing.

Now the narrative is playing out in Dallas, where, by coincidence, a national group of Korean-American leaders expects to join with the NAACP this week to announce a formal agreement on common goals.


The 2010 shooting was the first incident recounted by protesters.

However, the boycott started only after an encounter between Pak and a local Nation of Islam leader, Jeffery Muhammad, student minister of the nearby Muhammad Mosque No. 48. He walked into the Kwik Stop one day in early December.

Pak and Muhammad disagree on what happened. Muhammad says he simply asked to charge $5 in gas on his debit card. Pak says Muhammad immediately started berating and accusing him of exploiting the community.

Muhammad says he talked of exploitation only after Pak told him there was a $10 minimum for debit card purchases. Pak says he imposed the limit only to get rid of Muhammad, who Pak thought was spoiling for a fight.

They agree on this: Once things got heated, Pak called Muhammad a racial slur. Pak says he used the word only after Muhammad issued his own epithet; Muhammad denies using any slurs.

“I didn’t expect it was going to explode like this,” Pak said of the encounter. “It was a personal argument.”

Muhammad, 44, who was appointed to his post in 1994 by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, says Pak must go. So should other Asian-American merchants in black neighborhoods, he says.

“They are just the latest in a long line of people who have come to this country—like Jews, Italians, Indians and now Asians—who have sucked the blood of and exploited the black community,” Muhammad said.

The post-racial dream by DWLs doesn’t exist, because Organized Blackness can only exist when white people can be continuously made to feel guilty about the continued inept state of the Black community. That other racial groups succeed in school rooms across the nation and then become productive citizens helps erode the entrenched belief of white privilege holding down Black people. When civilization breaks down -as we saw in New Orleans after Katrina – none of this matters.

These Koreans stand opposed to the madness that is BRA. It just takes courage.

Though few understand it now, the 21st century will be one dominated by people daring to exert their right to “exist.” Just look to the Whitopia’s surrounding every dying major city in the northern states (Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, Newark, Gary, Indianapolis, etc.) where white people instinctively retreated to and rebuilt their lives in after The Great Migration of Black people from the South, well, ruined them.

Now, The Great Migration comes full circle, with Black people retreating from the Northern cities THEY ruined and retreating to the South in massive numbers. Strange, they flock to cities where those Black people who stayed behind also helped ruin.

In the end, we must always remember that what has been ruined can be rebuilt. The only thing stopping the city of Detroit from returning to its former prominence isn’t unions; it isn’t liberalism; it’s the majority population of that city that drags it whimpering into a hellish state.

Just as white people banded together to exist in the horrifying days after Katrina revealed the real state of Black America for the world to see, the continued attempts to intimidate the Korean community by Black people shows us the fragile state of the DWL racial umbrella coalition.

I’ve always found the final scene of The Lion King to be a powerful reminder that life is balance: that no matter how bad things get, eventually, there will always be an equal and opposite reaction.

May this be the segue into the Atlanta/Walking Dead piece, coming in less than five hours.

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